Resources

Reimagining Education with Drones

Drones are cool. Seeing things from a different perspective can be eye-opening and, even thrilling. How can we, as teachers, utilize this excitement...

Explain Everything for the Chromebook

Explain Everything is a popular app for iOS and Android devices.  Now, this powerful creation tool is available to Chromebook users as well!...

10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints

Digital literacy encompasses a large topic. Do your students understand the wide-reaching effects of improper online behavior? Do we talk enough...

Strategy: Pass the Problem

This classroom teaching strategy is great for getting students to collaborate. The University of Oklahoma's K20 Learn site is full of great teaching...

7 Reasons for Standards-Based Grading

This article, from ASCD and Patricia L. Scriffiny, outlines the advantages of moving toward a standards-based grading system. While this might...

Standing Atop a Glacier With Skype

In this resource the Skype Team describes a lesson where students get to explore a glacier up close. Their guide, Pall A. Davidsson, the founder of...

7 Phases of Curriculum Mapping

The ASCD has published a lot of great material in regard to curriculum mapping. If we're honest, most of us would say this isn't really all that fun....

Lesson Example: Quieting Sound

This lesson plan from The Teaching Channel explores the world of sound and allows your students to get their hands dirty. This 10 day unit...

Formative Assessment: "What are formative assessments and why should we use them?"

This article from Scholastic is an excellent reminder of what formative assessment should look like in the classroom, as well as why it's so...

Teaching Writing & Grammar with Technology

There are lots of great tools out there that can make grammar instruction more engaging and valuable to students. This video will explore a few and...

Lesson Example: Reflecting With Seesaw

This resource from Common Sense Media provides an example of a lesson that will help students build skills when commenting on other students' work....

Making Sense of Universal Design for Learning

This short video from Alberta Education gives an excellent overview of the research and guiding principles behind Universal Design for Learning, or...

Google Science Fair: What is it?

Ever heard of the Google Science Fair? No? This video is a short description of some of the amazing things previous winners have done. Are your...

Google Classroom: Training Center

Five-star is an official training partner with Google, and we love their products. The Pyxis Team has developed numerous trainings for Google...

Research With Google Scholar

If you are tired of seeing Wikipedia be the go-to spot for student research, Google Scholar might help. Google has created this search site to return...

Lesson Example: Attitude & Self-discovery

"The Ohio Teacher Showcase Project highlights ways that Ohio teachers are using technology to support student learning of specific content from...

Canvas Overview

This video from the Canvas Video Guide for Instructors series gives a basic overview of how to navigate through the Canvas LMS as an instructor.  It...

A Changing History of Assessment

Assessment is changing, or needs to change, alongside our changing students.  Learners today are preparing for a very diverse career path and...